As we all know, the news about the coronavirus or also known as COVID-19 continues to dominate around the world. Unfortunately, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe complications when infected with it. Also, they have much higher rates of serious complications and death than people without diabetes.
COVID-19 is different from seasonal flu.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses. Moreover, most of them cause illness in animals. One of those is the SARS-CoV-2 virus that caused COVID-19. Unfortunately, we have to be aware that COVID-19 is a more serious illness than seasonal flu.
COVID-19 is a risk for people with diabetes
No matter which type of diabetes people have, the complications that may occur vary from people’s age and how well they have been managing their diabetes. People who already have diabetes-related health problems are more likely to have worse outcomes if they are in contact with people who have coronavirus. While older people and those with respiratory conditions, diabetes, or heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with the virus. It’s important to be informed all the time. In that way, you can be proactive in preventing the illness.
People with well-controlled blood glucose levels do not face an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, people with poorly controlled diabetes would be at an increased risk of contracting the illness. That’s why, it’s mandatory to maintain excellent blood sugar control, limit potential exposure, eat a healthy diet, and get regular exercise if possible.
Take everyday precautions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or who have traveled to countries that are considered a high and middle risk
- Wash your hands often
- After blowing your nose, sneezing and coughing wash your hands for at least 30 seconds,
- If there are no soap and water available, always carry with you and use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places
- Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose.
- Clean and disinfect your home
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips.
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